Summary: Okay, ever since I've seen this game on sale on steam last year, I've always been curious about trying it out. But after skimming through reviews and opinions about it, I always decided it's not worth wasting $20-30 on a game I could hate. After seeing it on amazon for $10, I caved and picked it up, seeing as I've never seen a better price. After maybe 10 hours of intro gameplay, I have to say it was worth it, and I would've even paid 20 for it!
Summary: Reading through strats and with my playtime, I get the vibe of WoW between BT and slightly pre-ICC(formulas for stats, item synergies, ability flexibility). Looks very nice, gave me BSODs for a while when AC4:Black Flag would run perfectly so it's not a machine stat issue. About the customization: yes, you can change on the fly and do any role. Eventually. You will be grinding out a lot of Ability Points to do this.
Summary: Well, I was going to wait longer (bought the game on July 2), but, as I said, I feel compelled to give a snap review. My wife and I bought this game while the digital download was on sale for ten bucks. That's like...a night at the movies, and I have certainly gotten more than two hours worth of enjoyment from the game. First off, as nearly every poster has mentioned, this game is moody and atmospheric on a level no other MMO even approaches.
Summary: Ill start with the negatives to get them out of the way. It has good amount of bugs. your character may run around with hands out like he is holding the weapon while its still on you characters back soemtimes. you may jump on the rocks and get stuck, while /unstuck says you are not stuck and makes you resurrect yourself or restart the game to fix, you may half kill mobs and they just reset on you and get full health on you.
Summary: It is disappointing that The Secret World received such poor sales, the game really deserves better. Great story, fun gameplay, and an intuitive leveling system. The Secret World is a coupling of horror and Cthulhu psychological thriller with a lot of conspiracy thrown in for good measure. Become a member of one of three secret organizations and lend your aid to an ongoing secret war, filled with mutants, aliens, zombies, and more.
Summary: The Secret World, while still an MMO is unlike any other in the way it makes you think about the lore and your quests. This isn't a 'power level', get to 60 in a day, type of game. The story line is intriguing, dark and while yes, you may need to kill 15 of a specific bug, it's all intentional and with purpose. It's enjoying to play a game that is outside the normal MMO realm.
Summary: i'm a solo player , so i cannot speak for the boss dungeon raids part of the game but investigation missions are without a doubt a lot of fun (although you might need a hint here and there). combat is quite basic and honestly deck builds are mostly the same, it could use some tweaks here and there but the story background etc, i love em.
Summary: UPDATE, 12/14/12: Once purchased, The Secret World is now FREE TO PLAY: No Subscription Required. Players of Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games are used to a certain amount of consistency. There are core components to MMOs that span most titles, and The Secret World tries to retain the most important of those things. In every other area however, the makers of The Secret World aren't afraid to try to innovate and bring something new.
Great game. At last, something besides high fantasy for the MMO genre.
Kevin Jennings "Software Developer", Amazon
17 August 2012
Summary: I'll make this short: The game is original. This may be the downfall since people seem to want "originality" but complain when it isn't just like (Insert favorite MMO here). In this game, you play like you want. Want to use martial arts and chaos magic? Done. Want to use a shotgun and a sword? Done. You aren't limited to the skills and weapons since there aren't any classes. Just earn skill points and allocate them into the skills that you want.